European Union commits Sh3.2bn to food safety

The European Union has launched a food safety support project in the region to the tune of 29.5 million euros (Sh3.2 billion).

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The European Union has launched a food safety support project in the region to the tune of 29.5 million euros (Sh3.2 billion).

The programme under Edes, meaning ‘eat’ in Latin, will involve the upgrade of testing labs, financing inspection and training to ensure food production procedures meet international standards.

This comes in the wake of increasing food safety concerns over pesticides, especially in Europe, the major market for food produced locally.

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“Strict regulations that food producers are expected to adhere to are a reflection of the pressure from European consumers,” head of EU delegation Bernard Rey said in Nairobi at the project.

Rolled out on Wednesday to run up to March 2010, the project targets sectors that export to the EU including aquaculture, livestock, horticulture, tea and coffee.

Fisheries PS Micheni Ntiba said this will give products a competitive edge.

World Bank funding

Meanwhile, the government has received loans worth $45 million (Sh3.6 billion) from the World Bank towards land development.

One of the agreements is for $35 million (Sh2.5 billion) loan for the Kenya Coastal Development programme targeting smallholder farmers and communities in Cherengani, Taita hills and Kikuyu escarpment in rehabilitating catchment areas and water towers.

The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture.

It also received Sh800 million ($10 million) to go to the coastal development project to promote environmentally sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.

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